A Persisting Winter of Warming

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LAKE MACBRIDE— According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), January 2014 was the fourth hottest January on record. It was also the 347th consecutive month of global temperatures above the 20th century average. February is expected to be the 348th. From NOAA:

The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for January was the warmest since 2007 and the fourth warmest on record at 12.7°C (54.8°F), or 0.65°C (1.17°F) above the 20th century average of 12.0°C (53.6°F). The margin of error associated with this temperature is ± 0.08°C (± 0.14°F).

The global land temperature was the highest since 2007 and the fourth highest on record for January, at 1.17°C (2.11°F) above the 20th century average of 2.8°C (37.0°F). The margin of error is ± 0.18°C (± 0.32°F).

For the ocean, the January global sea surface temperature was 0.46°C (0.83°F) above the 20th century average of 15.8°C (60.5°F), the highest since 2010 and seventh highest on record for January. The margin of error is ± 0.04°C (± 0.07°F).

It is too damn hot, said as a resident of earth, located in an extremely cold Iowa winter.

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